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An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

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March 30th, 2011

Clown in Chief

March 28th, 2011

Against a background of six United States flags, President Obama gave a rambling 30 minute speech, a performance that was sophomoric in the extreme, but it would have made Hugo Chavez proud.
It was all about mushification — the U.S. under the heroic leadership of Obama did the deed in Libya and then gave the lead to the French. His teleprompters worked most of the time, except once when he had to restart his phrase. Dati-dah, dati-dah, Dati-DAH_DAH_DAH. The cadence was strong, the man was not.

Undoubtedly the press will gush about the President’s firmness of manner.

Oddly, ABC news showed a map of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia that was backward. I don’t know if they got it from the White House, but wouldn’t be surprised if the ignorance didn’t originate there.

We need to rid ourselves of this narcissist clown.

John Kerry’s Poisonous Opinions

March 28th, 2011

In a March 26, 2011 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry wrote:

On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would really be there when it counted. I was proud that our answer came this week in Libya.

Everything I believe about the proper use of American force and the ability of the community of nations to speak with one voice was reaffirmed when the world refused to stand by and accept a bloody final chapter of the uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. With a mandate from the Arab League and the Gulf states, the United Nations Security Council approved a limited military intervention to avoid a massacre. Multilateralism may be messy, but it’s powerful when diplomacy pays off.

Note that this is written by the same vile hypocrite who:

a) Served a truncated military tour in Vietnam, bugging out early on the strength of three purple hearts, none of which resulted in any hospital time or permanent scars.

b) On returning to the U.S. he teamed up with Hanoi Jane Fonda and other anti-American leftists participating in anti-war demonstrations. In congressional testimony he accused the American forces, of which he was a part, of war crimes. Either he lied, or he, himself is a war criminal, by his own accounting.

c) Threw his military medals onto the capitol steps in protest to the war. Some doubt they were actually his medals. But the implied contempt was there.

But in spite of this the voters of Massachusetts elected him to the U.S. Senate. So let’s compare Senator Kerry’s editorial position, above, with the situation in Vietnam which he characterized as a “war crime.” I know these facts because I was present as a combatant in Vietnam in the same area of the country, the Mekong Delta, and at the same time that John Kerry was pretending to be a soldier in furtherance of his political ambitions.

Senator Kerry crows about how proud he is to send American military to Libya to prevent “a bloody final chapter of the uprisings” and to “avoid a massacre.” During his tour in Vietnam the Communist Viet Cong were methodically murdering mayors, doctors, nurses, shop owners, teachers, and anyone else who had an education — all of them civilians. They detonated bombs in restaurants then gunned down any victims who managed to flee the premises. They planted mines in the roads and detonated them under bus loads of people in order to assassinate critics. These are events that occurred during our (his and my) time in country. I know of these things from personal experience, and there were more and worse over the years. Kerry seems to have missed these documented, bloody violations of human rights inflicted on civilians. Or maybe he didn’t care due to his leftist ideological proclivities.

But now in Libya Kerry’s bleeding heart has sympathy for the people, who only want to get on with a normal life.

Other dictators would have seen the world’s failure to challenge Gadhafi as a license to act with impunity against their own people. The vast majority of the protesters in these countries are crying out for the opportunity to live a decent life, get a real job, and provide for a family. Abandoning them would have betrayed not only the people seeking democratic freedoms but the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations. It would have reinforced the all-too-common misperception on the Arab street that America says one thing and does another.

In Kerry’s mind Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator? He didn’t murder and torture his own people? The Viet Cong could be forgiven for crushing those “seeking democratic freedoms” and “the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations” were not at stake in Vietnam as they are in Libya?

Then Kerry says the that by letting the French and the British take command that we relieve ourselves of any responsibility. Besides, Barack the community organizer cringes at the prospect of actually being commander in chief. So Senator Kerry wants to throw U.S. troops into a conflict under the command of … the FRENCH? Oh, I forgot, Sen. Kerry speaks French at his dinner table and engages in the French ‘penchant’ for tax cheating. He writes:

We must not get involved in another lengthy conflict in a Muslim country. With French and British willingness to lead, we do not need to take on the primary ownership of this conflict—and the Obama administration has made clear we will not. (With the burden we are already carrying in Afghanistan and across the globe, no one can legitimately doubt America’s sacrifice.) So the risks are manageable and, in my view, the rewards are potentially enormous.

Senator Kerry’s dishonesty about Vietnam and his treasonous activities afterward make his bloviations about “avoiding a massacre” all the more insincere. A horrific massacre occurred after Mr. Kerry and his fellow leftists caused the U.S. to abandon its rescue of the Vietnamese people from North Vietnam’s vicious communist aggressors. And in this case the U.S. did have major responsibility and the consequences were bloody. Of course the Senator won’t take any responsibility for that.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields

All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

The obvious conclusion from this is that Senator Kerry is a person without moral character, a liar and a traitor. But then he moves in those same circles in Washington D.C.

Chaos Without Leadership

March 24th, 2011

In the Libyan matter.

Without leadership the “coalition” turns into a brawl.

The U.S. is doing all the work while the Europeans squabble in the absence of U.S. leadership.

While the Beanie In Chief Puts a Spin on it.

It is a disgrace to our country and an insult to our armed forces to have our troops committed to a campaign that we don’t intend to lead and hence cannot win. Of all the myriad illustrations that the Sun God Obama is completely unqualified for office by virtue of character and experience, this is the most egregious of all.

We must not let this clown have another term in office. He’s done too much damage already.


March 19th, 2011

There is so much miserable bad news that it is depressing to write about it. That’s why it has been some time since the last article. But what really depresses me is that I have always been, at heart and in practice an optimist. I started and operated my own businesses, served in the military, never followed the crowd and always believed that America was a special country with special, can-do citizens. But the defeatism and weakness in evidence today is just too much. There is a thing called “duty” and it sometimes requires sacrifice. There is a thing called “honor” and this too sometimes requires sacrifice and making hardest decisions. And there is a thing called “country” that patriots sacrifice and sometimes even die for. So if ordinary citizens make real sacrifices in the name of duty, honor, and country, why do we elect politicians who are completely and utterly irresponsible, who cater to the most base and selfish interests of their constituents and themselves? Have we as a country lost the backbone, the duty, honor and country to hold these guys accountable, even if it costs us a little inconvenience or some imagined “free” bennies? If all of this seems ridiculous and starry-eyed to you, then you’re no friend of mine, you’re part of the problem.

The United States faces complete and utter economic ruin caused by the irresponsible spending by politicians at every level, local, state and federal. The obligations taken on in support of public employee retirement programs, social security and medicare, and now Obamacare are simply beyond anything the government is able to confiscate no matter how high taxes are raised. The politicians balk at spending reductions in the billions of dollars, when they should be cutting back in the trillions. There have been several detailed proposals for $400-500 billion reductions (Ryan & Paul), plus a government report detailing $100 Billion in waste and duplication. But our gutless politicians can’t do any better than propose $6 Billion reductions, 2 weeks at a time. And the citizens look on at this as if it matters not to them at all. I don’t know anyone other than welfare moochers who can name government benefits they actually benefit from personally, and that come anywhere close to being worth the taxes they’re paying, or that others are paying on their behalf.

The prospect of imminent hyper-inflation ably described by John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics has me so depressed that I’m actively accumulating assets that I think might survive the imminent demise of the dollar. As a bonus, Williams exposes the utter mendacity of government produced statistics measuring inflation, GNP and unemployment, among others.

The U.S. used to pride itself in being a world leader. Now our empty-suit president, the community organizer, holds meetings about school yard bullying, picks brackets for sports, goes on vacation to Rio while the world wonders what the U.S. policy on Libyan democracy is. We don’t have to fight everyone’s wars, but there should be no doubt that the U.S. backs the rights of people striving for freedom and democracy worldwide.

The Japanese have been dealt a terrible blow by the historic earthquake and tsunami which caused a nuclear disaster. We should all wish them well and provide any help we can afford. But it just troubles me no end that somebody, Japanese, American military, someone, didn’t send in some big honking generators to the power plant so they could run their cooling systems immediately after the disaster was known. Maybe there’s a reason?

There is no shortage of energy in the world, but there is a lack of will to generate it, dig for it, or pump it. The U.S. is still the third largest producer of oil in the world behind Russia and Saudi Arabia. We didn’t get that way by doing nothing. But now our government has been captured by an ideology that says it is evil to extract energy from coal, oil and natural gas. So vast resources of these minerals are off-limits from exploitation. The off-shore, Alaskan, Bakken, and Rocky Mountain areas have enough oil and gas to keep the country growing through energy use for centuries. Why, oh why, does the federal government place these resources off limits to exploitation? It makes no sense at all if you are a can-do American.

“Yes, we can.” “Si, se puede,” a Mexican-American radical activist motto was co-opted by Obama for his campaign. But whatever needs to be done to restore the economy and make American as great as it should be is met by “Maybe we shouldn’t” or “We’re too weak” or “We’re too guilty.” This is a low-class, self-defeating attitude that leads to nothing but sloth and failure. As a community organizer, Obama’s only accomplishment was to teach people to beg for government handouts. His housing project, the target of his organizing efforts remains a cesspool of poverty, misery and murder to this day.

We deserve better than this. Our representatives need to start doing their sworn duty and fix the mess in spite of the presidents, congressional democrat leaders and weak-kneed RINOS that created it. But the fix starts with the determination of citizens to elect representatives who have honor, honesty, substance and backbone. And then perhaps the old American success story fueled by individual achievement and ambition will peek through the liberal-progressive-collective fog and take us on to ever greater heights of achievement and success. Maybe we can once again be proud of ourselves by acting as can-do, individual, successful Americans who don’t need to apologize to anyone.

Addendum: see Garland: “Pres. Obama, I too am exhausted defending you.”

Union Bunnies

March 3rd, 2011

This post will probably get me into a tiff with several of my friends who are teachers, but they already know my attitude, and most won’t read this blog anyway.

Not so many years ago teachers’ unions were small and weak. Teachers considered themselves professionals, and as such they commanded widespread respect, individual contracts for 9 months of work, and judging by the high supply compared to overall demand, they were not underpaid.

Having attended 12 schools during my growing-up years I had a sampling of various schools and districts throughout the country. The quality of my education varied from mediocre to excellent, but on the whole I think it was adequate. Those of us who wanted to go on to higher education were reasonably well prepared. Classes were, on the whole, well disciplined and academic standards were upheld. I graduated from high school in 1961.

Then, starting some time in the mid to late 1960’s, a time when childishness, irresponsibility, and rebellious tantrums were widely celebrated in the popular culture there was strong growth of teachers’ unions. Teachers exchanged their status as professionals for the status of assembly line workers and truck drivers — “working stiffs” in the left-wing union argot. If memory serves me, there were two main unions, one backed by the AFL-CIO and the other by the Teamsters Union, an organization with a reputation for corruption and thuggery. By the early 70’s the unions had acquired control over most of the nation’s educational systems. From that time to the present the cost of public education has skyrocketed and student performance has slumped. The unions persistently called for and got higher pay and benefits for their members and fiercely resisted calls for performance evaluations and systemic reforms. Now the teachers unions are major contributors to Democrat politicians, along with trial lawyers and the environmental activist organizations. The Democrats elected with their money have returned the favor with ever-sweeter union contracts. That is where we are today.

Against this background we have the uncivil behavior of unionized teachers in Wisconsin and elsewhere. So it is no surprise that the reputation of teachers as respected “professionals” has been wiped out. Nationally those industries that have been most thoroughly unionized have self destructed, witness railroads, steel mills, automobile manufacturers, and others. Now the public school teachers are doing the same thing, and other unionized public employees are next in line. There is a lesson in here somewhere, but don’t expect teachers to teach it.